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#98 Jake Wesch
Position: Place Kicker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: North Bend, Neb.
High School: North Bend Central

Honors and Awards

  • Four-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • 2004 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll

2008 (Senior)
Jake Wesch played a vital role on Nebraska’s special teams throughout his career. The Nebraska native served as the starting holder for his final three seasons, helping the Huskers rank among the nation’s best in that category, and he also served as a backup punter and place-kicker.

Wesch handled the holding duties in all 13 games, as sophomore place-kicker Alex Henery was 56-of-57 on extra points and 18-of-21 on field goal attempts. The field-goal unit capped the year with Henery’s school-record 57-yard field goal against Colorado.

Wesch also punted in three games, putting one punt inside the 20-yard line against Missouri, along with a career-best 55 yarder against Texas Tech and a 50-yarder at Iowa State. Wesch also connected on an eight-yard pass to tight end Mike McNeill on a fake field goal against Texas Tech, allowing NU to score a touchdown on the next play. He also executed a fake field goal pitch to Alex Henery for a first down late in the Kansas game.

2007 (Junior)
Wesch played in all 12 games as Nebraska’s holder. His work was flawless as the Huskers’ posted the first perfect kicking season in school history. Henery and Kunalic combined to connect on all 46 extra-point tries and each of their combined nine field goals.

2006 (Sophomore)
Wesch played in 11 games and handled the majority of kickoffs beginning with the Texas game. He helped Nebraska rank 16th nationally in kickoff coverage, allowing just 17.9 yards per attempt, as opponents started on average just past their own 28-yard line. Wesch also had three tackles, with a pair of stops against Missouri and a tackle at Oklahoma State.

The biggest play of Wesch’s season came from his arm, not his leg, against Kansas State. From his holder position, Wesch helped pull off a perfectly executed fake field-goal attempt with a 17-yard touchdown strike to tight end Hunter Teafatiller, giving NU a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

2005 (Redshirt Freshman)
Wesch earned the starting nod as NU’s kickoff specialist midway through the 2005 season. He played in nine of the final 10 games and helped the Huskers rank among the Big 12 leaders in kickoff coverage. He also served as the back-up place-kicker.

2004 (Redshirt)
Wesch redshirted and provided depth at kicker.

Before Nebraska (North Bend Central HS)
Wesch played multiple positions in high school at North Bend, including punter, free safety and quarterback. He excelled as a punter by averaging 41.6 yards per punt during his senior year. As a quarterback, he rushed for more than 500 yards and passed for another 500 during his team's 5-4 season. Wesch was an all-state kicker during his sophomore and junior years and an all-state punter during his senior year.

Personal
The son of Jim Wesch, Jake was born on Oct. 1, 1985. He is majoring in communication studies and was named to the 2004 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll. Wesch was a member of the 2007-08 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a 2008 HERO Leadership Award recipient. He has earned his selection to the Berringer team through extensive community outreach, including volunteering with "School is Cool" Week, Dads of Kids with Disabilities, Charlie Brown’s Good Grief Support network, the Fall Break Tour of Excellence and several local hospital visits.